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The Nutcracker, a Magical Spokane Holiday Tradition

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2004

For Immediate Release

Contact: Annie Matlow 509-326-3136



SPOKANE "It's not too early to think about an annual tradition in Spokane. For more than 20 years, the Spokane Symphony and Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet have been important parts of the holiday tradition for families throughout the region. Each year, two and three generations share the magical experience at the beginning of the holiday season.

The Alberta Ballet and Ballet British Columbia will present four performances at the Spokane Opera House on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

A handsome prince, dancing snowflakes, the Waltz of Flowers and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy create a magical world of music and dance just a part of the delightful story of Clara and the Nutcracker.

The Alberta Ballet presents exciting and critically reviewed new choreography to the timeless tale re-created in the traditional Russian style by choreographer Mikko Nissinen. Thirty-seven dancers from the Alberta Ballet and Ballet British Columbia will join more than 50 young Spokane area dancers selected by audition to be a part of the enchanting production.

The Spokane Symphony will play under the direction of Guest Conductor Peter Dula. The role of Clara and Fritz will be danced by Leyna Swoboda and Casey Mae Nieuwanhuis who study ballet with Peggy Goodner-Tan at Ballet Arts Academy.

The Spokane Symphony and Crescent Court have combined forces to create Nutcracker displays in the Post Street windows of the old Hamer's Store at the corner of Post and Riverside. The window displays use figures from the Crescent Windows popularized by the Crescent Department Store in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ticket prices range from $17 to $34, children 12 and under are $13, and are available Monday through Friday from 9:30-5:00 p.m. at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office at 818 W. Riverside or by calling (509) 624-1200. Tickets are also available on weekends and evenings, with a service charge, at www.spokanesymphony.org, and TicketsWest at
325-SEAT, or 1-800-325-SEAT.

Coupons for $1 off adult tickets are available at River Park Square.
Bank of America underwrites Nutcracker, with additional support from River Park Square and DoubleTree Spokane City Center.

The Nutcracker with the Alberta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and the Spokane Symphony. Friday Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Spokane Opera House. Tickets are $17 to $30, children 12 & under $13. Call the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office at 624-1200 or 1-800-325-SEAT, or online at www.spokanesymphony.org.

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